Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to appear in Better Homes and Gardens segment with Dr Harry

Important visitor: A cameraman films Dr Harry Cooper's visit to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for a Better Homes and Gardens segment. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Important visitor: A cameraman films Dr Harry Cooper's visit to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for a Better Homes and Gardens segment. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Vet and television presenter Dr Harry Cooper has given the thumbs up to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Dr Harry visited the koala hospital on April 11 during the filming for a Better Homes and Gardens segment.

He saw a full day at the koala hospital from the koala feeding through to koala medical tests and a koala release.

Dr Harry said he was impressed with the koala hospital.

“They have a very dedicated staff here and I’m smitten by so many volunteers that give their time to help,” he said.

Rebecca Montague-Drake from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Dr Harry Cooper and volunteer Sheila Bailey are captured on camera.

Rebecca Montague-Drake from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Dr Harry Cooper and volunteer Sheila Bailey are captured on camera.

Dr Harry said he also admired the koala hospital’s tie with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and both organisations were committed to koala preservation.

He said it was important for people to be aware that koalas were in the area and to be careful driving, particularly in areas of koala habitat.

Dr Harry said people should control their dogs and keep their cats inside.

The koala hospital, which has links with many organisations, is dedicated to koala conservation, care and research.

Dr Harry Cooper is impressed with Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Dr Harry Cooper is impressed with Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

The koala hospital had a great deal of value as a tourist attraction, Dr Harry said.

“Long may it prosper,” he said.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital clinical director Cheyne Flanagan said the Better Homes and Gardens segment would showcase the koala hospital.

“To have someone of Dr Harry’s ilk here is wonderful and the visitors were all excited,” she said.

The Better Homes and Gardens segment will air in the next few months.

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